Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP)
2018 Danube River Cruise

Shore Tours

Food & Wine Trails' (F&WT) private shore tours differ significantly from the typical group tours sold on cruise ships. Our tours are designed specifically for food and wine lovers, focusing on the wine, culture, and cuisine of a region. We take our guests to unique venues, often not accessible to the public and therefore not crowded with tourists. Our guides have been hand selected for their expertise and knowledge of the region, and bring as much to the experience as the destination itself.

The size of our tours are kept relatively small to allow for a more intimate and authentic experience. As a result, shore tour participation cannot be guaranteed to all group members.

A brochure with tour descriptions and registration form will be sent by email and USPA to all confirmed group members 4 to 5 months prior to the cruise. Once released, we recommend acting quickly as they tend to sell out quickly. In the event one or all tour(s) become sold out, your F&WT Travel Consultant can offer you other options.

Please note that before tours are released, all descriptions and included elements are subject to change.


Wine Program Highlights
  • Cruise personally hosted by Rebecca Robinson of ZAP, Mark Vernon of Ridge Vineyards , Diane Wilson of Wilson Artisan Wineries & Gary Sitton of Ravenswood Winery
  • Onboard University of Zin Wine Education Program  
  • Onboard welcome & farewell receptions, seminar and tasting, private group dinners with host wines
  • Exclusive optional pre-cruise Budapest land program: Discover Hungarian Wines
  • Optional private wine tour shore excursion: Wonderful Wines of the Wachau Valley
  • $100 per person shipboard credit for early bookings! 


Cruise Highlights

  • 7-night Budapest to Passau cruise on Uniworld's SS Maria Theresa
  • Uniworld's All Inclusive Experience
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Visit to 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Riesling sampling at Austria's Nikolaihof estate
  • "Royal Anniversary" Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna


Diane Wilson
Wilson Artisan Wineries

Mark Vernon
CEO, Ridge Vineyards

Gary Sitton
Ravenswood Winery


  • Accommodations on the SS Maria Theresa
  • All meals & entertainment on ship
  • Unlimited wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottle water
  • All gratuities, onboard and ashore including local guides and bus tours
  • Airport transfers to ship on arrival / departure dates
  • Uniworld complimentary shore excursions
  • Complimentary Internet & WiFi
  • Complimentary use of bicycles  
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners


  • Roundtrip Air
  • F&WT's Optional 2-Night Pre-Cruise Budapest Program  
  • F&WT's Optional Shore Tour 
  • Premium wine and spirits
  • All items of a personal nature


#7 of the Top Ten of 2016
94 pts.
Ridge Vineyard's 2012 Monte Bello
Santa Cruz Mountains Estate


91 pts.
Ravenswood 2013 Icon Red Blend
Sonoma County


90 pts.

Wilson's 2014 Rockpile Reserve